General Management / Strategic Planning
DC - Washington metropolitan area
About the Organization

Horton's Kids is a neighborhood-based organization that empowers children growing up in one of Washington, DC's most under-resourced communities so that they graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life. The organization has supported and worked alongside residents of Wellington Park, a Ward 8 HUD housing community, for nearly 30 years.

While the challenges facing the children and families of Wellington Park are great, Horton's Kids knows that their talent and potential are even greater. The organization operates an on-site Community Resource Center that is open six days a week, allowing Horton's Kids to be a consistent and trusted extension of the home. Through targeted academic supports, social/emotional development programs, and health and basic needs services, Horton's Kids has achieved tremendous outcomes for the children in its programs. The high school graduation rate for program participants is twice the neighborhood average, and in 2018, 100% of Horton's Kids seniors graduated from high school.

Over the last five years, the work of Horton's Kids has expanded and developed significantly to better serve the children and families of Wellington Park. This growth extends to almost every aspect of the organization: its outcomes and breadth, the supports provided, and the size of the staff, budget, and volunteer base. These shifts are grounded in research, data, and experience, and they form the backbone of the organization's strategic vision for the future. Today, Horton's Kids is poised for a new leader to take this organization's reach and impact to a new level by building on the past and setting a vision for the future in order to empower even more young people to break the cycle of multi-generational adversity.

About the Position

Horton's Kids seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial Executive Director to navigate a rapidly evolving local landscape while continuing to grow the organization's impact, presence, and fundraising capacity. Building on a strong foundation, the next Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization's strategic direction and partnering with the Board to identify pathways for broader and deeper outcomes, including potential replication and innovative social enterprises. Additionally, the next Executive Director will oversee the day-to-day operations of its programs, and ensure its financial sustainability. They will manage a budget of over $3M and will lead a dedicated and high-performing team of more than 30 full-time and part-time employees, and roughly 400 volunteers.

The ideal candidate is a visionary leader who exemplifies the organization's core values of equity, compassion, dedication, connectedness, and integrity, and has a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and empowering vulnerable people. Further, they must have experience effectively leading the strategic direction of an organization, be a proven leader of diverse teams, possess excellent written and verbal acuity, and bring a track record of developing effective partnerships with varied stakeholders. Candidates with demonstrated track records of positive outcomes for under resourced children and families are strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic Leadership: Lead Horton's Kids' strategic direction; collaborate with the Board, staff, community, and key stakeholders to set clear goals and achieve the mission of Horton's Kids
  • Team Leadership and Culture: Provide inspirational leadership and vision to the Horton's Kids team, who reflect a variety of educational and life experiences, and maintain a supportive culture that promotes professional growth, self care, accountability, and equity across the organization
  • Program Leadership: Oversee the management and continued improvement of all programs, consistent with the organization's mission and values
  • External Affairs: Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including funders, nonprofit and community partners, state and local elected officials, volunteers, corporate partners, government agencies, and the Board
  • Fundraising: Manage and grow existing funder relationships and implement expanded funding strategies that generate new revenue from diverse sources to ensure organizational sustainability
  • Community Engagement: Develop and maintain strong relationships with the community members and families served by Horton's Kids, consistently modeling deep care, investment, and warmth
  • Communications: Serve as the principal spokesperson and passionate advocate for Horton's Kids
  • Advocate: Publicly support and drive attention toward issues and services affecting the Wellington Park community and under-served children more broadly, particularly in cases where there is not an aligned organization already playing this role
  • Financial Management: Oversee effective strategic financial decision-making and management, reporting, and compliance
  • Operations: Ensure the overall productivity and functionality of the organization as well as the continued presence and safety of the organization's onsite Community Resource Center
Candidate Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated passion for Horton's Kids mission, including a clear commitment to social justice and the organization's core values
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Previous experience in a senior leadership role with a demonstrated ability to manage the strategic, financial, operational, and team leadership needs of a community-based, youth-serving nonprofit
  • Experience working in education, child development, social services, and/or other relevant issue areas strongly preferred
  • Experience leading, inspiring, and developing a high-functioning team
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving meaningful and measurable outcomes
  • Demonstrated aptitude for building and cultivating strong relationships with a diverse set of key stakeholders, including partners, community members, funders, and local government
  • Experience working with, supporting, and/or serving on a nonprofit Board of Directors
  • Strong cultural competence with a deep understanding of urban poverty, racial bias, and the academic, social, and emotional development of children and youth
  • Positive, engaging, and entrepreneurial leadership style
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to occasionally work nights and weekends to support programming and special events, as well as respond to urgent community needs that present themselves in the moment or during non traditional working hours
Compensation and benefits:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

This organization is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.